In present-day society, the globalization, briefly including economics, and culture, has become an unstoppable tendency. With its rapid development and cultural communication, some controversies have emerged. Religious conflicts are characteristic examples showing the detrimental influences of cultural globalization. It is generally acknowledged that Buddhism and Christianity are ancient and global religions; however, whether the belief in Buddhism is credible or not, has sparked spirited debate. The Christian believes the Buddha is a “shadow”, and he is not to be believed.
For, example Buddhists and Hindus believe in reincarnation and the idea of enlightenment. Both religions also have many literary works. For Hinduism, texts include the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. For Buddhism, the Tripitaka contains a compilation of the many teachings of Buddha. The strict caste system of Hinduism caused many people from the bottom of the caste to turn towards Buddhism.
There are two forms of Buddhism that are still prevalent in society today, these are Theravada and Mahayana. Both these traditions have existed for many centuries and encompass important beliefs derived from the Pali Canon and other ancient Indian Buddhist literature. They revert back to the orthodox teachings presented by the historical Gautama Buddha such as The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path. Both these forms of Buddhism stay devoted to the traditional beliefs that the religion was built from and they accept the same basic understandings. However, the concept of enlightenment and how it is attained is debated among these two groups and it is the only major difference between the two Buddhist forms.
Elite forms of the religion are more intellectualized and more philosophical or theological. The people in this elite cast often ... ... middle of paper ... ...s Buddhism may find more common ground with contemporary agnosticism (pg. 17 Batchelor). Batchelor believes if we review the awakening of the Buddha it is more of a “culture of awakening”. Batchelor doesn’t like the word religion, but prefers the word culture.
We also looked at Buddhism compared to the biggest religion in the world which is Christianity. We learned that Buddhism does not share many of the same beliefs that Christian followers do. We also learned that many Christians have become more interested in the Buddhist ways and have tried to adopt some of there beliefs. Reference: Fisher, M.P. (2005).
The first followers must’ve seen how peaceful Siddhartha’s life was and wanted to live that same peaceful life. Buddhism gains peacefulness as a benefit from treating others with different faiths with respect. Those who practice Christianity treat people of other faiths with respect also and refrain from judging. A quote that helps prove this is, “Judge not, hat you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” (Sermon on the Mount ch.
Buddhism is also like Christianity in that it has separate division or paths its followers chose to practice. One called Theravada and the other Mahayana. As well as leaning many new things about Buddhism, after reading this chapter it has changed my opinion on what Buddhism really is. I now have a greater respect for Buddhism and its philosophies. So in the end I am glad that I have read the chapter on Buddhism in Huston Smith’s book The World’s Religions.
Christianity and Buddhism, two of the world’s largest religions, each have primary figures perhaps as big as the religions themselves. Jesus Christ, the primary figure in Catholicism, and Gautama Buddha, the founder and key figure of Buddhism, share many similarities as symbols of their respective religions, but generally have stark differences in their roles for each institution. Followed by billions across the world, the teachings of Jesus and Buddha have a profound global impact, even thousands of years after their lives on earth. For Christians, Jesus Christ serves as a definitive, divine symbol of unquestioned moral authority; while Buddha represents an enlightened human being whose teachings offer a more ambiguous set of guidelines for
It would seem that a difference in our spiritual practices may be a strain on our relationship, but in truth our faith lies in similar areas. The biggest difference between us is that I lack the knowledge and self discipline to be a practicing Buddhist. In loving Matthew I also want to gain understanding in what it is he believes. I have read through several texts in passing and find Buddhism more appealing as I continue to research it. In seeking to know more of Buddhism, I am promoting Buddhism as a beneficial practice.
Interpretations of the Qur’an are based off of three authoritative sources: The Qur’an itself, the sayings of the Prophet Muham... ... middle of paper ... ...elp them achieve liberation as they pass through the bardo state between death and rebirth. It is through these ritual practices in Buddhism that one can both express their faith and feel connected to their spirituality. Islam and Buddhism differ greatly their sacred texts and ritual practices. But both of these religions have a global following of thousands, and the writings and practices serve a deeper purpose than just to memorize scriptures and perform acts. For these religions, their texts give a guideline for their followers to live their life for a higher purpose by while the ritual practices connect their followers to something greater than themselves.